Beaton satisfied by Matterley Basin top 10 on return

MX2 World Championship contender comes back from injury.

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Tasmanian Jed Beaton is feeling content after landing a top 10 finish in his first grand prix in nine months at Matterley Basin on the weekend, marking round two of the 2019 MX2 World Championship.

Beaton, whose 2018 season was cut short at the British venue when he suffered a double leg injury, failed to line up for the season-opener in Argentina after a pre-season fall saw him suffer multiple vertebrae fractures.

Making his official debut with Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing, the youthful Australian strung together a 9-13 results sheet for 10th overall, making for a strong return from the sidelines.

“I had a really good weekend here at Matterley Basin,” Beaton stated. “It was my first GP after many months, and I felt strong on the bike. It was good to get a to -10 in the opening moto – in the second moto I was close to the top 10 again and ended up finishing in 13th place.

“Getting a top-10 result in the overall is really positive for the rest of the season. There’s still a long way to go in this series. I’m pretty happy with where I am, hopefully I can start building from here.”

The MX2 category was won by Beaton’s teammate Thomas Kjer Olsen (Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing), who has now inherited the championship lead after former points leader and reigning champion Jorge Prado (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing) sat out the weekend with a shoulder injury.


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